"Our Universe Should Actually Not Exist" --CERN Scientists Attempt to Find Out Why It Does

 
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"All of our observations find a complete symmetry between matter and antimatter, which is why the universe should not actually exist," explained Christian Smorra, with the BASE collaboration at the CERN research center. "An asymmetry must exist here somewhere but we simply do not understand where the difference is. What is the source of the symmetry break?"

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"Lost Mountains of Karoo" --260 Million Year-Old Range Old Reveals Secrets of Earth's Biggest Mass Extinction Event

 

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Millions of years ago, a mountain range that would have dwarfed the Andes mountains (above) in South America, stretched over what is currently the southern-most tip of Africa. Remnants of these mountains - called the Gondwanides, after the massive supercontinent, Gondwana over which it stretched - once spanned the southern continents of South America, Antarctica, South Africa and Australia, and parts of it now form the mountains near Cape Town in South Africa.

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The Alien Observatory --Searching for ET Signals in the Milky Way : "May Be Too Advanced For Us to Detect"

 

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"Every single one of those stars could have a New York City, a Paris, a London, and we would have no idea,” said Nate Tellis of the University of California, Berkeley about the 5,600 stars analyzed in a study released by the Keck Observatory in Hawaii -- one of the world’s most powerful telescopes --this past spring, 2017. Tellis, who searches for laser light, powerful pulses of photons that could be as short as a nanosecond, wondered if somewhere buried in that data, could there be a signal from an intelligent civilization trying to reach Earth?

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"New Era of Astronomy" --Ushered In By 1st Observation of a 130-Million-Year Old Neutron Star Collision (WATCH Video)

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"This is a huge discovery," said Ryan Foley at UC Santa Cruz. "We're finally connecting these two different ways of looking at the universe, observing the same thing in light and gravitational waves, and for that alone this is a landmark event. It's like being able to see and hear something at the same time.

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"Unlocking Saturn's Secrets" --NASA's Cassini-Mission Scientists Recap Their Amazing Discoveries (WATCH Today's 'Galaxy' Stream)

 

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft ended its journey on Sept. 15 with an intentional plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn, but analysis continues on the mountain of data the spacecraft sent during its long life. Some of the Cassini team's freshest insights were presented during a news conference at the American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Science meeting in Provo, Utah.

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The Alien Observatory --The Search for Human-like Intelligence: "Extremely Rare or Common in the Milky Way?" (WATCH Video)

 

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"We should not expect to see any other forms of life that are genetically, functionally and intellectually similar to us." says Charles Lineweaver, a noted astrobiologist at the Australian National University. "I strongly suspect that our closest relatives in the universe are here on Earth, and they're not likely to be elsewhere. Only one species of the billions of species that have existed on Earth has shown an aptitude for radios, and even we failed to build one during the first 99% of our 7 million year history."

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"It’s a Frighteningly Disordered Place Out There" --Physicists Comment on the LIGO/VIRGO Observation of Neutron Star Cataclysm

 

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“This is only a beginning. There are many innovations to come and I don’t know where we’re going to be in 10 years, 20 years, 30 years,” said Peter Michelson, a professor of physics at Stanford University. “The window is open and there are going to be mind-blowing surprises. That, to me, is the most exciting.”

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A Kilonova Detected --"A Cosmic Phenomenon Long Theorized But Never Conclusively Observed — Until Now"

 

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In the world of astrophysics, Aug. 17, 2017, was a red-letter day. “This is a game-changer for astrophysics,” said UC Santa Barbara faculty member Andy Howell, who leads the supernova group at the Las Cumbres Observatory (LCO). “A hundred years after Einstein theorized gravitational waves, we’ve seen them and traced them back to their source to find an explosion with new physics of the kind we’ve only dreamed about.”

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"Fiery Aftermath!" LIGO & VIRGO Gravitational-Wave Observatories Join ESO in Observing Neutron Star Collision (WATCH Video)

 

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“It is tremendously exciting to experience a rare event that transforms our understanding of the workings of the universe,” says France A. Córdova, director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), which funds LIGO. “This discovery realizes a long-standing goal many of us have had, that is, to simultaneously observe rare cosmic events using both traditional as well as gravitational-wave observatories.

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"An Epic First!" --ESO's Fleet of Telescopes in Chile Detect Visible Explosion of Colliding Neutron Stars (WATCH Video)

 

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ESO’s fleet of telescopes in Chile have detected the first visible counterpart to a gravitational wave source. These historic observations suggest that this unique object is the result of the merger of two neutron stars. The cataclysmic aftermaths of this kind of merger — long-predicted events called kilonovae — disperse heavy elements such as gold and platinum throughout the Universe. This discovery, published in several papers in the journal Nature and elsewhere, also provides the strongest evidence yet that short-duration gamma-ray bursts are caused by mergers of neutron stars.

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